The Sunrisers Hyderabad Spin bowling coach Muttiah Muralithran has revealed the possibility that Abhishek Sharma as well as Kane Williamson could be their new opening pair for IPL 2022.
The Orange Army purchased a total of 20 players at the recent IPL auction for 2022. SRH have selected 23 players, including eight players from abroad to their team for the next year’s edition. They will be directed by the New Zealander Kane Williamson.
Sunrisers Hyderabad purchased an all-rounder Abhishek Sharma in exchange for INR 6.5 crores. The deal came after they were in competition against Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans to acquire the Punjab player
Sharma has made an IPL debut with Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2018 with a raging 46 runs off 19 balls.
In the year 2019 the Delhi franchise sold three players, including Abhishek in exchange for SRH in the swap deal for Shikhar Dhawan. Abhishek has played in 19 games with his Orange Army and played an integral part of their middle-order batsmen in the days when David Warner and Jonny Bairstow were the opening batsmen.
Abhishek Sharma was very as a part of our first plan: Muttiah Muralitharan
Abhishek is averaging a batting of 17.21 in the IPL However, SRH seems to promote his batting position to let him perform with explosive hitting.
“Abhishek was an integral one of our first plans. He was both in and out of our team last season, but we’d like him to take on more responsibility this time around. We would like him to start the batting with Kane. This will allow us to get an effective left-hand and right-hand, combination at the top of the order,” Muralitharan told Sportskeeda.
Our aim is to be the first to claim an award this year: Muttiah Muralitharan
A former Sri Lanka spinner, who has 1347 international wickets is calling on the youngsters to take the initiative and accept charge of SRH.
“Obviously the goal of our team is to take home the championship this year however, we must prepare for the coming three years, too. This is why the mega auction is crucial for all teams. We’d like Abhishek and [PriyamAbhishek, [Priyam Garg as well as Samad to be a big part of the team and be the face of the team moving forward,” Muralitharan said.
Sunrisers Hyderabad kept Kane Williamson along with the Indian team comprising Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.